I thought Raw and Smackdown were both good shows this week. We are going in the right direction with storytelling and characters as we head into Survivor Series.
I thought the start of Raw was the best start of a wrestling show this week. I really enjoyed Brock being Brock and looking like a badass and I really really enjoyed Mysterio attacking Brock with a bat and making the beat down look really realistic. I appreciate the effort in the storytelling. You can tell this was planned. You had Brock attack Mysterio and his son then when Cain couldn’t get the job done, Mysterio goes in for himself. This storyline I am the most invested in and can’t wait and am really hoping Mysterio becomes champion.
Last week I liked Charlotte and Natalya as a tag team, but this past week Charlotte acted more like a heel and I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. This is something I would build to for them winning tag team champions, not just take it off Asuka and Kari right now.
Buddy and Cedric had a fine match, not the best of their matches but I liked how they gave them time. I really hope they have something planned for Cedric because he is such a star to me and one of my favorites to watch in ring.
I really liked Triple H and Seth Rollins promo about if Seth will join NXT or not. I liked that we had a match between Cole and Rollins, but what I would of liked better is if Rollins would of joined team NXT and then after Survivor Series had a program with Cole.
The backstage promo with Becky Lynch and Shayna was flawless. Both looked like stars and right now to me Shayna looks more bad ass than Becky, and Charlotte combined
We had some other tag team matches on Raw, but there was no storyline really attached to it, what I would call filler. Raw was really good with storytelling and certainly had great moments but I am still looking for that show where we don’t have that filler added in.
Smackdown was my favorite show of the week though with all that said. Smackdown really has been the show for me since they moved to Fox. I am not a Corbin fan and I really don’t get people thinking he looks like a star. I thought Corbin in NXT as the biker guy looked like a star but not this guy. With that said his promo was great and it was a good start to Smackdown. Corbin beating Roman was also a big surprise and this is what I have been loving about Smackdown is non predictable.
Got a really cool surprise and amazing tag team action with New Day becoming new tag team champions. I really liked this move, first of all New Day is amazing, second of all Kofi deserves this and I loved commentary playing up that also and lastly I have the softest part in my heart for Xaiver Woods, I love they did this for him.
Tyson and Braun possibly as a tag team screams money to me. This is the spot you put Braun in until they actually pull the trigger as his as champion.
We did have two filler matches that didn’t have story but did good for the talent. Shinsuke and Cesaro defeating Ali and Shorty G. This was a good match and I am very interested in the Daniel Bryan and Sami storyline, but with Fiend attacking DB I am just so interested in where this is going. With that said Ali, Cesaro and Shorty G are just kinda there with nothing to do and I want these guys to have something. The other filler was Dana and Mella defeating Fire and Desire. To me fire and desire is dying out and having them lose every time they are on TV is not helping at all. There was a point where I thought Mandy was the next one they would be pushing, but that turned to be Lacey instead. I am a huge Dana fan and am glad she got to show off her talent. Carmella to me is a better heel but she still works good regardless.
My favorite match maybe wasn’t the best match of the night but I got to see my two favorites Sasha and Bayley. I thought Bayley was great on commentary and I thought Sasha looked like the biggest star in the company coming out to that Snoop Dogg remix for her entrance. Sasha looked good and got the win against Nikki and I loved that. Sasha always adds more moves to her moveset and I respect that. That girl never settles, always ups her game. I could of done without the ending of Shayna attacking Bayley again, this just happened last week and I am curious why she hasn’t attacked Becky yet. There is a lot to look forward to coming this Monday and Friday.